The sanctions measure was written by the Senate, where it passed last week on a 98-2 vote
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. photo: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta, photo: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
22 of June 2017 14:51:39
WASHINGTON – Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request."We just want to get moving on it," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters on Thursday. "I support sanctions."The sanctions measure was written by the Senate, where it passed last week on a 98-2 vote. But the passage ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House, known in bureaucratese as a "blue slip.""We've got to honor the blue slip," Ryan said.Congressional Democrats said they fear the House is seeking to water down the Russia-related portions of the bill for the Trump administration. The sanctions aimed at Russia are intended to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and for its aggressive actions in Ukraine and Syria.